How might you find a way to make something that you see as mundane, more enjoyable?
For an instance, I’ve realized I leave lists for myself, and to save paper I often write and reuse paper. However, I’ve noticed that once in awhile that paper gets hard to distinguish from the notebooks of paper I have for school or around the house- and I am in serious need of color. This means that for a week I might change it up, and use colored paper – be it construction paper, leftover scrapbook paper, or colored sticky notes.
Just adding the color in for a week helps me see these lists more colorfully! And other times it just means maybe I start writing my lists with a colored marker or different colored pen.
I’ve noticed Jeremy does the same in regards to his computer. He stares at it for a good portion of his work day, and then when he comes home I see him playing with the desktop art, or mixing music – to get the creative flow and to keep the mind from working all day and seeing the computer as a tool rather than work.
So my challenge to you is to find a way to find something that feels mundane, obligatory, or just plain “I don’t want to do it” – and use your creative side or your think outside of the box side- to make it more enjoyable.
All summer I have been thinking, I should paint that photo, I should draw that picture, I could scrapbook that idea…and while I got creative in some ways (making wedding photo collage, cards, birthday & anniversary presents) I didn’t sit down long enough to paint or draw. This week I realized that it is because I expect myself to sit down, and get the project done in one sitting! Now I’ve done this before but with my harried graduate school schedule I don’t think I can schedule more than an hour or two to do this.
So yesterday I made a commitment to set aside an hour a week to work on my next project (which is already created in my mind). Can’t wait! Can you relate?
Here’s a painting I did July 4, 2005 or 2006 when Jeremy still lived in Corvallis.